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Striking image of an iconic piece, the Eames Lounge Chair. | japanesetrash.com

I just saw the above image of an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman and knew immediately I wanted to write a post about it. The chair, not the image–though the image is very striking.

The chair and ottoman are likewise striking. They are the kinds of pieces that, once you experience them–see them, touch them, sit on them, you want to be around more and more.

The Eames Lounge Chair has always seemed at home with sophisticated interiors. | japanesetrash.com

As a kid growing up in small town Texas, I always pictured fancy Manhattan apartments that probably looked something like the above; bold, moody artwork and Eames Lounge Chair included.

In my mind as a kid, I must have somehow put Charles and Ray Eames together as the Manhattan apartment designers for Lisa and Oliver Douglas before their move to Green Acres. | japanesetrash.com

And, because I know you’re thinking it and wondering, yes as a kid I did do things like picturing fancy Manhattan apartments. I must have somehow thought that Charles and Ray Eames designed Lisa and Oliver Douglas’s penthouse in New York before they relocated to Hooterville.

Today, the Eames Lounge Chair epitomizes California mid-century style. | japanesetrash.com

Today, the Eames Lounge Chair epitomizes laid-back, California mid-century style to me. No matter the setting or geography, these pieces are tried and true classics.


You may have noticed the new menu at the top of the page and the inclusion of some “shop this post” links at the bottom of some of my posts (like this one). I’ve decided to expand the scope of Japanese Trash to allow me to bring some of my favorite masculine design items, like the Eames Lounge Chair, to you via online retailers such as Design Within Reach and Amazon.com. I’m also folding the pieces from my Great.ly shop into the shop here at Japanese Trash, though they’ll still be sold via Great.ly and still benefit their respective makers. Of course, I also receive affiliate income from any sales on this site, which helps keep Japanese Trash going. Let me know if there are any questions and happy shopping!

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This is me in the mornings, and these days, like Maddie, I can’t wait to get some coffee in me.

It's coffee time. Won't you join me for a cup? | japanesetrash.com

Coffee has become a real passion of mine lately. The aromas of fresh-ground beans and a newly brewed pot are heady.

I've rediscovered an old flame & fallen back in love: coffee! | japanesetrash.com

Don’t get me wrong–I’ve always been someone who’s loved his cup of joe every morning, but now I find I’m craving it like a long-lost friend. I see images like this — of coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans — and remember specific moments in time and place where I was enjoying coffee.

Coffee & beignets at Cafe du Monde | japanesestrash.com

A friend whose family lives in Guatemala (she’s from there, originally) recently brought me a few pounds of beans, so I’ve been grinding my own. Wonder if that’s what’s lead to this renewed relationship with coffee? Maybe I’ll get out my old French press again, scald some milk and whip up a cafe au lait. It could become my new morning ritual.

Grinding, brewing, drinking. My new morning ritual. | japanesetrash.com

Remodelista is in the midst of their now annual Considered Design Awards season and this edgy masculine bathroom is one of the contenders. It’s funny, in a lot of ways — almost every way, in fact — this is your standard upscale traditional bathroom space; what makes it appealing is that it has taken a bit of a turn toward the wild side with the inclusion of just a few pieces–all of which could be replaced to completely change the feeling in this space, if so desired.

The statement piece of this edgy masculine bathroom--the shooting target--is reflected in a simple & refined mirror. | japanesetrash.com

The statement piece of this edgy masculine bathroom–the shooting target–is reflected in a simple & refined mirror flanked by a pair of industrial sconces. And there you have it: in one sentence I’ve summed up the elements that make this space extra-special: shooting target, refined mirror, industrial sconces. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the space has been executed with an undeniably talented eye–and we’ll look at those items as well, but it’s the target, mirror, and sconces that drew my attention. The Remodelista post identifies this as a mid-century mirror; to me it’s one of those timeless pieces that easily and effectively sets a stylish tone. The simple shape, refined finish of the woodgrain, and the brass corner guards all add up to provide a handsome profile. Flanked by sconces that bring a touch of the industrial to the space and placed on a field of masculine navy blue, this mirror says you’re in a guy’s bathroom.

A terrific use of tile on the shower floor plus marble in the tub surround are just two of the thoughtful design elements in this edgy masculine bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

A terrific use of tile on the shower floor plus marble in the tub surround are just two of the thoughtful design elements in this edgy masculine bathroom. I’m also a big fan of the side table next to the bathtub and the choice of a textured wall treatment behind that police target. The target is the kind of item that immediately sets this room apart. It’s what gives the design its edge, and it’s the single piece that if removed would completely alter the feeling here. While it’s not for everyone–and, sure, I’ve seen this kind of target used before–it’s such a surprise in an otherwise traditional space that it can’t be overlooked.

One more look at this edgy masculine bathroom; what do you think? | japanesetrash.com

One more look at the space. I’d love to know what you think about this edgy masculine bathroom–is this the kind of look you’d like to have in your own home?


To see the other spaces nominated, take a look here at the Remodelista Considered Design Awards. Voting continues through August 8.

Designing with orange has been a habit of mine long before there was a Pantone color of the year called Tangerine Tango or before there was a book and Netflix show called Orange is the New Black. My office has had orange as its primary accent color for years (decades?) and orange decor is sprinkled throughout Japanese Trash. In fact, if you take a closer look at the cool industrial Australian apartment building by Neometro that was featured in yesterday’s Leftovers post, you’ll see a couple of interior shots that include a bold orange sliding door:

This bold orange sliding door looks great in its contemporary setting | japanesetrash.com

This is a terrific way to add orange to your interior design and it’s a pretty simple–but smart–idea: just find an otherwise unnoticed element (like a door) and paint it orange. In this contemporary space, choosing the door is a little stroke of brilliance.

What’s that? There are no contemporary sliding doors in your more traditional home? No worries–orange paint can go practically anywhere and liven things up. Choose a wall and give it a coat or two of orange paint. And if you’re concerned that the color might “liven things up” a bit too much, just take a look at this elegant bar cart space where orange fits in just fine:

Orange can be elegant in the right space | japanesetrash.com

Now that you’re getting the feel of how designing with orange doesn’t mean being overwhelmed by color, you might be interested in unleashing your newfound affection via a fun–and very stylish–orange refrigerator from Italian manufacturer, Smeg:

Why not an orange fridge? Especially when it's as awesome as this one from Smeg. | japanesetrash.com

Remember to think orange for outdoor decor as well. This orange fiberglass cube from CB2 is the perfect cooler; plus it gets bonus points for also being a great table when you flip it over:

This orange fiberglass cube from CB2 is the perfect cooler; plus it gets bonus points for also being a great table when you flip it over. | japanesetrash.com

Now how do you feel about designing with orange? Ready to give it a go? Be sure to let me know if you take the plunge and what kinds of great ideas you come up with!

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